Cover, Arthur Byron, adapter. William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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COVER, Arthur Byron, adapter. William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Illus. by Tony Leonard Tamai. Penguin, Puffin Graphics. 176p. illus. c2005.0-142-40409-8. $9.99. JSA

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's nastier tragedies. Macbeth murders his liege in his sleep in order to become king, and then enacts a series of bloody deeds that culminate in his own violent death. This graphic novel is set on another planet, "a combination of the settings of Larry Niven's Ringworm and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels." Unfortunately, there are places where the SF setting simply does not work. The characters live in Scotland (the planet, maybe?); refer to the dragons they ride as horses; and--despite possessing advanced technology--live in castles under a form

of medieval feudalism. There are other issues: when the three witches hall Macbeth for the...

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